Michael Novak was born in Los Angeles, and lived in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2007—officially placing him in the category of “person most despised by native-born Portlanders.” Over a 20-year career, he’s been an editorial Art Director at Time Warner and Portland Monthly, as well as an illustrator, designer, animator, and storyboard artist. 

The highlight of Mike’s brief animation career was a year-long stint as a character layout animator on the Fox show King of The Hill, before he decided that drawing Hank Hill all day long was pretty damn boring. After the act of sitting at home waiting for the phone to ring put the kibosh on his freelance illustration career, he discovered design, which he loves.

His duties at Portland Monthly consist of making the magazine look and read awesomely, by designing covers, features, and pretty much anything else. In his free time he likes to sleep.

Editor's Note

A Tarot Skeptic Gets Her Cards Read

And finds some inspiration in divination.

01/29/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson

Recipes

This Potpie Recipe from Urdaneta Is a Potent Love Potion

Consume at your own risk.

01/29/2019 By Benjamin Tepler

Welcome to the Jungalow

These Lush Houseplants Are Your New, Low-Maintenance BFFs

Solabee sells the cheapest therapy in town: plants.

01/29/2019 By Kelly Clarke

Recipes

Make Sweedeedee's Legendary Corn Cakes at Home

No brunch lines required.

12/21/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Review

At Bernstein's, a Pair of Musical Nerds Make the Best Bagels in Portland

They're each slow-risen, hand-rolled, boiled, blistered, and good enough to step into the ring on the Lower East Side.

12/21/2018 By Karen Brooks

Hidden Portland: Little Lots

A Peek into Portland's Pocket Parks (and Other Wee Wonders)

This city's mini greenspaces are just a stroll away.

12/21/2018 By James Stevens, Margaret Seiler, and Rebecca Jacobson

Hidden Portland: Remember & Celebrate

The Weirdest, Most Wonderful Memorials and Museums in Portland (and Beyond)

Whether you dig planes, trains, or the insane, there's a place for you.

12/21/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Margaret Seiler, and Allison Place

Hidden Portland: Secret Spots

Portland's Best Basements, Back Rooms, Attics, and Hideaways

Here are some of the city's most out-of-the-way spots to eat, drink, or just be mysterious.

12/21/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Holiday Goodness

The 2018 Portland Food Lover’s Gift Guide

Give hot sauces, tiki mugs, and cooking classes with star local chefs to the food-obsessed in your life.

12/11/2018 By Eat Beat Team

Recipes

Carlo Lamagna Shares a Favorite Filipino Christmas Recipe

It's time for stockings, Santa, and arroz caldo.

11/20/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Gift Guide

Terrariums to Tiny Pies to Woke Tees, Your 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

We've got locally made presents for everyone on your list.

11/20/2018 By Eden Dawn

Trophy Case

These Are the Board Games the Decemberists Obsessively Play on Tour

Guitars: check. Keyboards: check. The Settlers of Catan: check.

11/20/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Food Event Spotlight

Nimblefish and Holiday Unite for a Vegan Sushi Dinner

Get ready for persimmon sunomono and cauliflower sashimi from two of Portland Monthly’s Best Restaurants 2018.

10/30/2018 By Benjamin Tepler

Editor's Note

Portland Monthly Turns 15—and Welcomes a New Editor in Chief

Remember when Voodoo Doughnut was edgy? We've come a long way since 2003.

10/24/2018 By Kelly Clarke

Savor

This Grocery ‘Boot Camp’ Helps POC and Immigrant Entrepreneurs Get to Market

Portland Mercado's three-week crash course is free and bilingual.

10/17/2018 By Natasha Tandler

Auto Fixation

This Portland Car Collector Has No Plans to Retire. Ever.

With four decades in the business, Dale Matthews of Memory Lane Motors keeps on cruising.

09/18/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Heroes & Villains

Forget Superheroes: These Comics Take On Politicians and Rock Stars

James Comey to Osama bin Laden to Lady Gaga, Portland's TidalWave Productions turns news into comic books.

09/18/2018 By Sam Pape

Beachcombers

This Oregon Company Makes Amazing Tiki Mugs

Based in Astoria, Munktiki's slip-cast stoneware mugs are limited-edition, hot-ticket items.

09/18/2018 By Emma Mannheimer

Trophy Case

8 Great Portland Design Finds

Hand-thrown mugs to chic raincoats to rustic Mexican chimineas, we're suckers for these local goods.

09/18/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Eden Dawn, and Catherine Johnson